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Thursday, June 13, 2013

West Point

General Dwight Eisenhower and Jefferson Hall
I attended a conference this week at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  A very interesting and beautiful campus several hours south of us just below Newburgh.  Jefferson Hall,  the USMA Library, shown above is fabulous.

Thomas Jefferson Holding Court in Jefferson Hall

Jefferson didn't own a Kindle.  He did, however, design this unique revolving stand with five adjustable rests for holding books.

On the right, Ulysses S. Grant, Class of 1843.  On the left, Robert E. Lee Class of 1849.
View from 5th floor of the library, out on the Class '75 Terrace.  That's Doubleday field to the right. 
One of the persistent myths of baseball history is that Doubleday invented the game in 1839, although he was in West Point at the time. To his credit, Doubleday never claimed to have invented baseball. Neither his letters nor his diaries nor his New York Times obituary ever mentions the game, and he was never inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A left-field box seat in one of the library's reading rooms.

There are statues of generals everywhere you look on campus.  My favorite is this one of George Washington.

The Thayer Hotel
I stayed at The Thayer Hotel, a very historic and beautifully renovated hotel with a fabulous restaurant.  I want to return someday soon, tour the West Point Visitor's Center, and take the guided tour of the campus.


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